VW oiler is slicker
The updated compact SUV adds safety kit and a punchier diesel
A NEW flagship and a more powerful diesel variant are the ammunition Volkswagen Australia has loaded into its Tiguan compact SUV range for its return to battle.
Also making the highlights reel is the inclusion of a reversing camera, displayed on the new infotainment touchscreen. The driver also comes to grips with a leather- wrapped multi-function steering wheel and will be monitored by standard driver fatigue detection.
The other debutant in the Volkswagen compact SUV lineup is the R-Line designation for the 155TSI model, with R body kit, 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptively damped suspension (the only Tiguan so optioned), leather sports seats and satnav.
Also now standard rangewide on the upgraded Tiguan, accompanied by a small price rise, is the XDL electronic differential lock, which claims improved driveability, reduced understeer and slicker corner entry and exit.
Petrol choices start from the twin-charged 1.4-litre (118kW/ 240Nm) entry-level front-drive model, the only Tiguan with manual gearbox. DSG transmission adds $2500.
Both have start-stop fuelsaving . Fuel use is 6.9L/100km and 7.3L respectively.
The 2.0-litre turbo (132kW/ 280Nm, 8.8L) and the turbo diesel (130kW/380Nm, (6.2L/100km) are both DSGonly and can be optioned up to include panoramic sunroof, leather trim and satellite navigation.
On mainly motorway cruising with some winding hill roads, the new diesel impresses for its quiet cruising and the effective outputs. Ride quality remains reasonable, as does steering weight and ability, and it can corner without undue alarm at a brisk pace.
The drivetrain can be caught on the hop by the combined effects of the turbo spooling-up and twin-clutch gearbox selecting a ratio but, once the pair agree (the Sport drive mode is the better option) and the revs have built beyond 2000rpm, the diesel 130TDI gets under way nicely.
The entry-level 118TSI manual rises by $500 to start from $28,990.
The mid-spec 132TSI jumps by $600 to $36,990 while the 130TDI, the pick of the bunch, is $39,990, just $100 dearer. Top of the range is the 155TSI R-Line which at $44,990 is $1500 more than the superseded model.